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The Journey Through Grief (The Healing Power of Letting Go)

You might want to keep scrolling if you don’t want real and raw, because that’s where I am right now, writing this piece. There is a certain, maddening pain when someone or something you love is ripped away from you, but it’s when you finally concede and let go...

How I Finally Overcame Mental Illness

Whoa…overcame? That’s a pretty bold statement in the title, even for me. Mental illness (anxiety, depression, PTSD) has dogged me most of my life, and handicapped me for a good portion of it. But not today. Not for a whole year. And now, I’m going to do my very...

Even in the Desert, He Loves You

If you know me at all, you know I’m a beach lover. Like, a sold-out, obsessed, any-chance-I-get-I’m-there kind of a beach lover. It’s my happy place. A place I can meet with God in utter bliss. I mean, what could possibly be a better setting to experience how much...

He Loves You

Why I’m Choosing to Let Go of My Dreams

Most people who know me probably would recognize me as somewhat of a dreamer. Creative, a little bit visionary, not terribly optimistic all the time, but definitely a hopeless romantic. I live for the happy ending, and my dreams often conjure up all sorts of...

Why I'm Choosing to Let Go of My Dreams

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 1

I could hardly believe the words that came spilling out of my mouth: “Can you find me a residential treatment center?  A Christian one?” Within minutes of blurting that out, my husband found me just such a place–one that specializes in mental health issues–and he...

Sunday’s Coming

You can begin again.All creation declares this truth; even the very seasons themselves make this claim again and again as a reminder. Here, in the Northeast, winters can feel intolerably long, and the closer we come to spring, the more painful and intolerable each...

Sunday's Coming

New Year, New You!

While I love the Christmas season, I’ve come to realize that I love the days in between Christmas and New Year’s Day even more. There’s peace in having come through the previous season (and year) intact. There’s an anticipation–a hopeful expectation–of what’s...

New Year, New You

The Deepest Longing of Your Heart, Answered

What does your heart most need to hear right now? What do you wish the Father would whisper right into the depths of your being? Quiet yourself down for just a moment and search inside for the answer to those questions. Maybe what you’re longing for is right there...

Whatever You’re Facing Now…Joy is Coming

Yesterday, my son got married. We all sat outside on a beautiful autumn day, watching the colored leaves fall like confetti behind him and his bride as they exchanged their vows. Every real-life detail seemed to have emerged from a fairy tale story. It was the kind...

Whatever You're Facing Now…Joy is Coming

How to Find a Hope That Won’t Disappoint You

The subject of hope has come up more than a few times this week, which usually leads me to believe God is up to something. Well, of course he's up to something...he's God. Anyway, hope is an emotionally-charged word for some people. It has been for me. I've had a...